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Insulate Magazine Issue 12 - November 2017

The 1st Birthday issue of Insulate magazine titled "Round 12 with Recticel" features an exclusive interview with Recticel's commercial Director Kevin Bohea. If that wasn't enough we have a great exclusive inside the BBA, featuring an interview with BBA Chef Executive Richard Beale.

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The only independent insulation industry trade magazine insulate columnist and financial incentives to encourage households to take up energy-saving measures. A mix of measures, including pilots, demonstrators, research and detailed short to medium to longer term deliverables. There’s simply no silver bullet. The EEIG will not be stopping there – we will be grasping this opportunity with both hands, focusing on a strategy and activity plan for the year ahead to deliver for government and EEIG members, new and existing. We have started this journey with a successful media launch of of our report with coverage in The Guardian, The Sun, BBC News, Carbon Brief and Business Green and others. This was only topped by our recent Parliamentary launch event with a written endorsement from Minister, Claire Perry and with support from a great many MPs, including our sponsor, Eddisbury MP, Antoinette Sandbach and speaker contributions from Lord Deben, former Climate Change Committee Chief Executive and Frontier Economics Director, Matthew Bell and CBI’s Neil Carberry. We simply cannot ignore that energy efficiency formed a substantial focus in the Clean Growth Strategy, that it is firmly back on the political agenda. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy department (BEIS) clearly has more scope for ambition and more power to influence their colleagues across Whitehall. We have a government that needs to urgently deliver carbon reductions to deliver its carbon budgets. A government perceived to be weak on climate change and that needs to secure more and younger voters (with climate change second in importance only to health according to Conservative think tank, Bright Blue’s polling). Let’s also not forget that more energy-efficient homes will do so much more to cut energy costs in the long-run than a cap on energy prices will. So we have a big job ahead, no doubt about it. More ups and downs, a lot to do and a lot to achieve. We don’t have any guarantees, but government’s do deliver when people show they want change and come together with one voice. We need to stay focused, even to the point of obsession and we need to spread the word - one voice, one vision and make energy efficiency the new craze. We believe the EEIG and its members can play a crucial part in any future success and work closely with government to deliver a comprehensive Buildings Energy Infrastructure Programme. We can and will make this happen. p.s. Happy First Birthday to Insulate magazine! Sarah Kostense-Winterton is Executive Director of MIMA, the Mineral Wool Insulation Manufacturers Association and provides the secretariat to the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG). For further details of the EEIG or if you would like to join, please contact Sarah at sarah@mima.info 20 www.insulatenetwork.com

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